SPHHS alumni Tiana Davis ’17MPH, Preeti Nakrani ‘17MPH, and Melanie Wilk ’17 are among those named to BusinessWest's 40 Under 40 Class of 2022. They are joined by Sasha Jiménez ‘17, an HFA graduate who served as co-chair of the planning committee for the documentary film, MOSAIC, produced in partnership by the SPHHS and the Western Massachusetts Health Equity Network (WMHEN).
A story appearing in the Spring 2022 issue of UMass Magazine highlights the work being conducted by UMass faculty and alumni to help all of us age gracefully, including the work of Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Amanda Paluch and nutrition alumna Uche Akobundu ’03MS.
Nutrition doctoral candidate Ruthfirst Ayande has been named a recipient of a Margaret McNamara Education Grant. She joins a cohort of 10 women selected from a competitive pool of over 400 applicants, to receive grants in the 2022 funding cycle.
Alumna Wendy Ng ’17 (Public Health Sciences with a secondary major in Nutrition), who went on to receive her registered dietitian credentials from Simmons University, is featured in a recent spotlight appearing on the Massachusetts Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MAND) website.
Lorraine Cordeiro, associate professor in nutrition and director of the Center for Research on Families at UMass Amherst, was one of five UMass system faculty to receive the 2022 Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence. The prize, which recognizes exemplary dedication to students and the university, comes with a $10,000 award in recognition of faculty commitment to academic excellence.
Six students from the School of Public Health and Health Sciences recently won UMass Amherst Alumni Association scholarship awards for 2022. The awards were distributed based on outstanding academic achievements, leadership, and community service.
Sofiya Alhassan, Professor of Kinesiology and the department’s graduate program director, and Lindiwe Sibeko, Chair and Associate Professor of Nutrition, have been selected to participate in the new Five College Mellon Faculty Leadership Development Program.
SPHHS faculty are members of five teams that have been awarded Mutual Mentoring Team Grants by the UMass Amherst Office of Faculty Development (OFD). Two of the teams are comprised solely of faculty in SPHHS, and the three other teams are collaborations with faculty in other colleges. A total of eight teams and one individual faculty received mutual mentoring awards for 2022-23.
SPHHS faculty members Lorraine Cordeiro (Associate Professor, Nutrition), Kimberley Geissler (Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Policy), and Sara Mamo (Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders) are among the eleven UMass faculty members selected to participate in the inaugural Scholarly Writing Fellows Program. As a scholarly writing fellow, faculty will partner with the Office of Faculty Development (OFD) to catalyze interdisciplinary support for faculty writing and expand a mutual support community of writers across campus.
The Center for Research on Families (CRF) at UMass Amherst has selected five SPHHS doctoral students and three undergraduates working in SPHHS labs for its 2022 awards and programs. Four of these students received Dissertation Awards: Abosede Alli, Mira Weil, Jennifer Carroll, and Susan Park. The $1,000 – $5,000 Dissertation Awards are given to PhD students who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of family research.
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